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Seatbelts save lives of mum and four kids

A mum and her four children survive a crash on Neerdie Rd, Gunalda.
A mum and her four children survive a crash on Neerdie Rd, Gunalda. Renee Pilcher

A MUM and her four children escaped with only minor injuries when their car spun out of control and flipped on to its side off Neerdie Rd near the Bruce Hwy yesterday.

The Glenwood family had been on their way to Gunalda about 9am when their car was forced to veer off the narrow bitumen and on to the road's shoulder to make room for an oncoming truck.

It was believed the loose surface caused the tyres to lose traction and spin out.

The mum and youngsters, who will not be named for privacy reasons, were all wearing seatbelts.

This simple action of pulling on a seatbelt prevented them from serious injuries or death, police say.

They removed themselves from the car before emergency services arrived and had only minor injuries - a few cuts, whiplash and seatbelt burns among them.

The eldest of the four children said he hit the decks when the car rolled on to its side and removed his seatbelt as soon as it came to rest.

He said he stood up, felt grass under his feet through the open window and pushed open the back door above him to free his family.

His father commended the 10-year-old on his bravery when he reached the accident scene and expressed his relief that they were all wearing seatbelts.

"I scream at them to always put their seatbelts on," he said.

"Thank god they were in a good vehicle (a Ssangyong) that handles well. The only damage seems to be a popped side window, cracked windscreen and damaged side panels."

He added that the section of the road had taken a few cars because the bitumen wasn't wide enough to handle the traffic flow.

Topics:  car crash emergency services gunalda seatbelts

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